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    The dam was reportedly slated to start energy supplies in 2019, providing almost all the energy produced to neighboring Thailand. At the moment, the Asian country exports an estimated two-thirds of its hydropower to its neighbors.

    According to the Laos News Agency, up to five billion cubic meters of water was released to the river system after an accident at a hydropower dam in southeastern Attapeu province's Sanamxay district late Monday. Fast-flowing waters have swept several houses away, causing a considerable amount of damage in several districts.

    The local authorities put out a call for relief aid for flood victims while bringing boats to help evacuate people from the danger zones.

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